Roundup: Top looks from the Marrakech Film Festival 

Hend Sabry cut a stylish figure in a peach kaftan with a statement golden belt tied at the waist. (AFP)
Updated 05 December 2019

Roundup: Top looks from the Marrakech Film Festival 

  • British actress Tilda Swinton displayed her unique fashion sense as she wore a floor-length ochre gown with flowing long sleeves

DUBAI: As the 18th annual Marrakech Film Festival continues to show award-winning films, celebrities on the red carpet have wowed audiences with their glamorous, Moroccan-inspired looks.




Moroccan presenter Nabila Kilani attended the Marrakech International Film Festival on Dec. 4. (AFP)

To the screening of Palestinian director Elia Suleiman’s “It Must Be Heaven,” Egyptian-Tunisian actress Hend Sabry cut a stylish figure in a peach kaftan with a statement golden belt tied at the waist.




US actress Blanca Blanco wore a red dress to the Marrakech International Film Festival. (AFP) 

Sabry accessorized the sequined and beaded dress with a chic pair of golden earrings with red crystal. Red is a popular color for celebrities at this year’s festival.




Tunisian actress Abir Bennani attended the 18th Marrakech International Film Festival. (AFP)

From US actress Blanca Blanco to Egyptian actress Elham Shahin, Moroccan presenter Nabila Kilani, Tunisian actress Abir Bennani and French stylist Nawel Debbouze, all the stars seem to have winter looks for the festival. 




Elham Shahin attented the screening of “It Must Be Heaven.” (AFP)

British actress Tilda Swinton displayed her unique fashion sense as she wore a floor-length ochre gown with flowing long sleeves.




Tilda Swinton wore a floor-length ochre gown with flowing long sleeves. (Getty) 

The gown of the “I Am Love” actress cinched slightly at the waist, and featured a long black ribbon tied into a loose but large bow at the neck.


Lebanese teen Nour Ardakani is global pop group Now United’s first Arab member

Updated 21 September 2020

Lebanese teen Nour Ardakani is global pop group Now United’s first Arab member

DUBAI: The search for global music group Now United’s newest member is finally over. Enter Nour Ardakani, the 18-year-old singer from Lebanon, who is set to become the band’s 16th member – and first Arab – after an extensive, months-long search for talent across the Middle East and North Africa.

Ardakani was hand-picked by Simon Fuller, the man who founded popular British girl band The Spice Girls and created “American Idol.”

“I think you are absolutely wonderful, and I think you would be perfect to join the group. And I would like to invite you to be the next member of Now United,” Fuller told the singer and dancer in a video call.

“Seriously, it’s me? You picked me?” asked Ardakani, to which Fuller replied: “You got it.”

The singer, who currently resides in Beirut with her family, joins fellow group for the band’s latest single “Feel It Now.”

Founded in 2017, the multinational music group announced in November last year that they were looking for a new member from the MENA region.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Out of thousands of hopefuls in the Middle East and North Africa, 13 were shortlisted and invited to participate in a virtual audition last week in front of Fuller. Eventually, it came down to Ardakani and a 15-year-old Emirati singer, Alya Al-Ali.

Fuller picked Ardakani after hearing her recording of Now United’s song “Habibi.”